|Guardians of the Galaxy copyright Marvel Comics|
I totally admit, in order to analyze this story, I had to do a quick Wikipedia search to refresh my memory on the comic books. Long story short, the Guardians are a strange assortment of superheroes and aliens that even includes a talking raccoon (aptly named Rocket Raccoon). Other members of the team have monikers such as Bug, Cosmo, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot.
They have a long, complex comic book history in which they've battled various cosmic baddies, including one story called The Thanos Imperative - starring the big, bad, purple guy who appeared at the end of The Avengers movie. If you need a quick tutorial on the Guardians, you might want to peruse the team's Wikipedia entry.
The website Latino Review reported this "exclusive" today (June 28) and several movie sites repeated the story as the big news of the day. My philosophy is - until it's confirmed by the studio, it's just a rumor. With all due respect to the fine people at Latino Review, they seem to have an "exclusive" story every day, so I'm always a bit skeptical about reports like today's.
Supposedly, the Guardians movie will tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the characters will interact with members of The Avengers. While it is true that Marvel has purchased several domain names that are related to the Guardians (as reported by /Film), that doesn't prove a movie is in the works. Marvel could be planning an animated TV show or movie, instead of a live-action flick.
I'll be shocked if this story turns out to be true. I don't think Marvel would risk damaging the phenomenal success of The Avengers franchise by incorporating this obscure cast of characters into its movie universe. My best guess - we'll see a direct to DVD, full-length, animated movie starring the Guardians, or maybe a live-action TV show.
What's your take on this, ahem, "news"? Think the Guardians of the Galaxy will be a lead-in movie for The Avengers 2 or will this story be shot down as false?
One of the biggest questions about the plot of TDKR concerns the role that Ra's al Ghul will play in the movie. Way back in March of this year, it was revealed that Liam Neeson will be reprising his role as al Ghul, the leader of the League of Shadows and the man who trained Bruce Wayne in the ways of the ninja. As you'll recall, al Ghul seemed to meet his fate at the end of Batman Begins, so many have assumed that he will be seen only in a brief flashback. However, I don't think that's all there is to it.
The comic book version of al Ghul is immortal and the League of Shadows is able to heal any injuries with things called "Lazarus Pits". Will we see some version of that supernatural element in TDKR? Probably not. Nolan likes to ground Batman in reality and refrain from using the more outlandish comic book elements, but could he and the other screenwriters devise an explanation of how al Ghul survived the train crash in Batman Begins? Of course. In fact, a plausible explanation is not even necessary. They could just have al Ghul show up and say:
"You of all people should know, Mr. Wayne, a legend can't be killed."
Will the plot somehow involve a very real, very much alive al Ghul as the mastermind behind Bane's assault on Gotham City? Al Ghul has not appeared in any of the trailers for the movie, but Nolan has said in interviews that TDKR is the conclusion of his Batman story. In order for the story to have a satisfying ending, it should answer questions that were raised in the beginning regarding the League of Shadows and al Ghul. What better way to bring the story full circle than to bring back the person who was instrumental in creating the legend of Batman. After all, it was al Ghul himself who said,
"To conquer fear, you must become fear. You must bask in the fear of other men. And men fear most what they cannot see. You have to become a terrible thought. A wraith. You have to become an idea! Feel terror cloud your senses. Feel its power to distort.. to control. And know that this power can be yours. Embrace your worst fears. Become one with the darkness."
We also know that al Ghul's daughter, Talia, is played by child actor Joey King and there is speculation that the character played by Marion Cotillard (Miranda Tate) is secretly the adult Talia. Cotillard has strongly denied the rumor that she is Talia, but then she certainly wouldn't confirm the rumor if it was true. Including the character of Talia al Ghul in TDKR is a most curious choice by Nolan and company, and I think it was done because al Ghul does, in fact, have a substantial part to play in the story, and not just in a throw-away flashback scene.
|Kick Ass and Hit Girl by LadyJ|
|Spider-Man by LadyJ|
|Iron Man by LadyJ|
|The Joker by LadyJ|
"I'm self taught and have been drawing for about 45 years..Its taken me about that long to get my style...i use fine, ultra fine and large sharpie markers..I have been drawing them on light pink heavy card stock paper lately to make it not so harsh looking...I really hope that some of my drawings inspire or move you."
|Captain America by LadyJ|
|Spider-Man by LadyJ|
|Loki by LadyJ|
|X-Men - Wolverine by LadyJ|
|'Riddler's Ride' - via tumblerdesigner.com|
|'Riddler's Ride' - via tumblerdesigner.com|
Note: When I tried to design my own Tumbler, I got an error message, which might be because the site is swamped with users. However, if that happens, you can still drive any one of dozens of designs already on the site.
Thanks to ForeverGeek for the heads up.
|Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curtis Connors - Sony Pictures|
"Connors does feel kind of cheated by God, and he's looking for answers in science. He's not a villain, as such. He's just a guy who wants his arm back." - Rhys IfansYou might also like "The Amazing Spider-Man Director Gives Us Behind-the-Camera Access"
In other Iron Man 3 news -
Some on-set spy photos revealed that A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) the long-time villainous organization from Marvel Comics might be giving Stark some trouble in his next outing. If you're not familiar, A.I.M. is a terrorist group that has battled Nick Fury and other operatives of S.H.I.E.L.D. for decades in the pages of Marvel Comics. Check out the pic below courtesy of CBM and notice the A.I.M. logo on the sign.
|Iron Man 3 set - Cary, NC|
|TDKR - opening on July 20|
Here's what Bale had to say -
"I have no clue about what an audience is going to think about the movie. Thank God I’ve got someone like Chris who’s really great at representing the audience for us on the set. So for me, I love the character so much that with me you’d probably get a real bizarre Batman movie. People would say, “what the hell, why are we delving so much into his psyche?” But he is a fascinating character, and Chris just has to tell me it’s just tedious and boring, and he doesn’t want to see what I’m doing.
It’s great having someone at the helm who’s remarkably confident at just going with his gut and not desiring any safety net or something to fall back on. There’s a number of times where I’ve said to him, “you sure you don’t want me to give you a few other variants [of a take]?” And he says no, don’t worry, I know what I want. He’s very, very firm with it. And it is a fascinating character! I think there’s probably an awful lot more stories that could be told, I quite like the idea of him getting older, and [seeing if he can] do it as much anymore, but I feel like you got to leave when the going’s good, and this is when Chris wants to wrap it up, and it’s the right time." - Christian Bale
"We're not addressing The Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn't want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne's story. Not involving The Joker." - Christopher Nolan
Nolan also addressed some of the fan speculation that Batman might die in this final chapter, as he explained to Empire -
"What drew me to Batman in the first place was Bruce Wayne's story, and that he's a real character whose story begins in childhood. He's not a fully formed character like James Bond, so what we're doing is following the journey of this guy from a child who goes through this horrible experience of becoming this extraordinary character. That, for me, became a three-part story. And obviously the third part becomes the ending of the guy's story."- Christopher NolanHere's a few other interesting facts that were revealed by Empire (via Collider) -
Way back in 2008, Warner Bros. executives were already trying to get Leonardo DiCaprio signed on to play The Riddler in TDKR.
The film features almost an hour of IMAX footage.
Anne Hathaway's character, Selina Kyle, is never referred to as Catwoman in the film.
Finally, we want to wish a Happy Birthday to none other than Morgan Freeman, who will reprise his role as Lucius Fox, in TDKR. Mr. Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He also happens to be featured in a TV spot for TDKR that debuted this week - which you can check out below.
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